Today sucked the life right out of me.
It was a great day and very fun, but there is something about me you may not know.
I am an introvert. An extroverted introvert, but an introvert none the less.
Today started with a dog walk with friends, then a La Leche League meeting with many babies to admire, then the homeschool park day get-together.
It was a lot of being out and about for me. David has been so busy the last two weeks that I haven't really had any quiet time for myself since I've been on full time kid patrol.
I am not complaining at all, but I am noticing that I am feeling a little frayed around the edges.
This all goes to explain why I was especially excited to find some free junk on the curb.
I don't know if every part of the country garbage picks, or if it is particular to New England where the love of thrift is well storied, but around here people put out their discards on the curb. Often there is a sign saying "Free!" attached, but just as often there isn't. People around here just know that if there is something good on the curb you should go grab it!
Over the last few years I've rescued quite a bit from the curb and I am sure that some of my neighbors are enjoying my castoffs. It's a fun system.
Today on my way home from the dog park I saw a piece of storage furniture that I just had to stop for.
It's solid wood!
See that nice grain?
The back is chicken wire.
I love chicken wire!
I need to clean it up and paint it. I'm not sure what color to paint it though. I have about seven cans of glossy red spray paint I could use, though I like the clean look of white.
You probably want to know what I am going to use it for.
I understand. I want to know what I am going to use it for too! Right now my guesses are either shoes or art supplies. The kids will want to put webkinz into it, but because I am a horrible mother I won't let them.
Anyway, back to having the life sucked out of me...
Today I spent two hours standing in the cold at the park. But here's where I am a weirdo. I love it! I mean it. I love feeling just chilly, not really cold, but chilly enough that my body has to work a bit to stay warm. I think that it justifies all of the chocolate.
When we got home we were all pretty cold so we laid in front of the gas fireplace for a while until we had heated up.
Once I was warm I felt so sleepy, and have continued to feel that way ever since.
I always keep a couple of containers of frozen clam chowder in my freezer for just these sorts of nights. The warm and creamy clam chowder feels like such a treat on a cold day. When I plan ahead a bit I buy a loaf of good french bread, but today I had not planned ahead.
So I improvised.
I decided to make biscuits which I have never done before. The recipe called for shortening. I didn't have any shortening because to be honest with you I think it's pretty gross. The only sensible alternative was to use butter.
I was shocked by how easy they are to make!
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick of butter
3/4 cup of milk
1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir.
2. Cut butter into small pieces.
3. Add butter to flour mixture, cutting in until crumbly.
4. Create well in flour mixture, pour in milk.
5. Stir with fork until just moistened.
6. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface and knead just until smooth.
7. Flatten to about 1/2 inch thick.
8. Use a biscuit cutter or the floured rim of a small drinking class and cut out the biscuits.
9. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 7-10 minutes at 450 degrees.
David is away so it was just the three of us enjoying our chowder and biscuits by the candle light tonight.
It was quiet, everyone too hungry and tired to say much. The dogs snorted hopefully underneath the table waiting for someone to drop something they might like to eat.
It was the quiet, the gentle peaceful quiet which really nourished me. I've had my bath, the dogs have been out, and bedtime is right around the corner.
I can't wait.